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|West Windsor, New Jersey|
|Channels||Analog: Cable 26|
Digital: Verizon FiOS Ch 20
|Owner||Mercer County Community College|
|Founded||October 14, 2004|
Mercer County Television (MCTV) channel 26 is an Educational-access television station in West Windsor, New Jersey, United States, owned and operated by Mercer County Community College (MCCC). The Student television station is transmitted to all of Mercer County, New Jersey, via cable TV channel 26 on the Comcast, Cablevision, reaching an excess of 90,000 households. In January 2009, MCTV became available on Verizon FiOS channel 20 in Mercer County. Tony Bruzaitis is the station's director of operations, while Professor Steve Voorhees is the director of student programming. David Valentino is the station's chief engineer.
Original student programming was introduced on MCTV in 2004 and is mainly shown during the prime time hours of 8-11 each night. During the college winter and summer breaks, each production takes a hiatus until the following semester.
- Oct. 2004 - Present: Mercer County News Live (MCN Live)
- Nov. 2004 - April 2007: Late Night Series (variety show)
- Nov. 2004 - Present: Mercer County College Men's & Women's Basketball Game Broadcasts
- Oct. 2005 - May 2010: What Might Happen? featuring Alvyn Haywood (public affairs program that has featured such guests as jazz legend Doris Spears and Sirius Satellite Radio personality Riley Martin)
- Feb 2006 - Feb 2012: Mercer County High School Basketball Championships
- Sept. 2006 - Present: Dish It Out (cooking program hosted by Chefs Doug Fee and Frank Benowitz)
- Jan. 2007 - May 2012: Tell It Like It Is formerly known as Split Decision (sports debate program)
On Thursday, October 21, 2004, Mercer County News Live (MCN Live), the official student news of MCCC, began at 5:30pm EST as the first student-produced program on MCTV. This twenty-minute news broadcast was produced by Danielli Weiden and directed by Robert Mirabella. The first MCN Live featured presenters Sharon Seeman, Wilmar Luna, Christopher Curto and Antranig Dereyan. The show continued live every Thursday.
Beginning in September 2005, MCN Live expanded to two live broadcasts a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm. In January 2006, MCN Live was honored by the Communicator Awards with an Honorable Mention in live cable news. More changes occurred in spring 2006, when the position of video producer was introduced to the staff. Beginning spring 2007, MCN Live went back to a single weekly broadcast on Thursdays because of expanding production demands in the studio.
MCN Live Producers and Directors:
Fall 2004 - Producer Danielli Weiden, Director Robert Mirabella
Spring 2005 - Producer Danielli Weiden, Director Robert Mirabella
Fall 2005 - Producers Jennifer Joyce, Francois Priale (replaced by Kelly Capers), Director Wilmar Luna
Spring 2006 - Producers Jennifer Leigh, Kelly Capers, Video Producers Jeff Weiss, Chris Curto, Director Tom Carroll
Fall 2006 - Producers Andrew Froening,Mike Gradzki, Video Producers Jesse O'Neill, Joshua Miller, Director JJ Leaver
Spring 2007 - Producer JJ Leaver, Video Producer Mike Stellino, Director Kyle Lutz
Fall 2007 - Producer Jennifer Leigh, Video Producers Jon Geier and Ray Denson, Jr., Director Mike Stellino
Spring 2008 - Co-Producers Vibha Patel and Reed Goldy, Video Producers Jon Geier and Matt Barnosky, Director Mike Stellino
Fall 2008 - Producer Nick Donnoli, Video Producer Vince Giovacchini, Director Chrysti Neuman
Spring 2009 - Producer Chrysti Neuman, Video Producers Chris Chepiga & Wilmar Luna, Director Samantha Jemison
Fall 2009 - Producer Josh Mendelsohn (replaced by Chrysti Neuman), Video Producer Luis Armas, Director Justin Hoffman
Spring 2010 - Co-Producers Ashley Stumbaugh and David Hoyt, Video Producer Shane Scherholz, Director Justin Hoffman (replaced by Ashley Stumbaugh)
Fall 2010 - Producer Tyann Sells, Video Producer Shane Scherholz, Director Trevalia Hodge
Spring 2011 - Producer-by-Committee, Content Producer Sam Han, Director Zohair Zaidi
Fall 2011 - Producer Alex Nebbia, Content Producer Sam Han, Content Contributor Shawnee Porter, Director Zohair Zaidi
Spring 2012 - Producer Alex Nebbia, Content Producer David Erdely, Content Contributor Shawnee Porter, Director Gabe Manak
Fall 2012 -
Spring 2013 -
Fall 2013 -
MCCC Live Annual Commencement Ceremonies, Mercer County High School Boys' & Girls' Basketball Championships, Live Town Hall Meeting with New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (2007), Annual Yule Log, Aspirations (Mercer County High Schools Annual Literary Awards Program), MCCC Spring Jazz Concert, MCCC Fall & Spring Theatre Performances, MCCC Baseball, and Student Documentaries & Original Short Films
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